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Global Spa Snapshot: Thalaspa Henri Chenot, Malindi, Kenya

By: Denis Gathanju
Posted: June 29, 2012, from the July 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
“We are a brand that is synonymous with excellence and high quality; and when we came up with the spa, we wanted to be unmatched in every respect,” says Vivaldi.

“We are a brand that is synonymous with excellence and high quality; and when we came up with the spa, we wanted to be unmatched in every respect,” says Vivaldi.

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The spa also boasts other signature treatments that have proven popular, including the 90-minute Lion in the Sun Signature Facial Treatment that includes a deeply relaxing facial treatment under a steam towel compress followed by a cleansing treatment and a smooth, yet deep facial massage. The unhurried treatment is then followed by a skin-specific mask application, after which toning and moisturizing follow, leaving the skin radiant.

The Anti-aging Facial Treatment, notes Vivaldi, is also a popular service. The 90-minute treatment offers a renewal of the guest—quite literally. The treatment, Vivaldi explains, commences with a thorough skin analysis, after which, skin care therapists discuss with the guest the intended detailed results that they expect to achieve. Once this has been agreed upon, the signature anti-aging facial treatment is applied. To achieve this, an intensive renewal serum is applied and then massaged into the skin to help lift and firm. The procedure also helps lessen the appearance of fine lines. What follows next is the application of a cellular renewal mask to the face. This, explains Vivaldi, helps improve skin tone and texture while, at the same time, helping minimize the appearance of pores. The treatment is completed with a complimentary hand and arm massage.

The spa also caters to men who want to look good and are conscious of their bodies. It offers the signature Gentleman’s Facial Treatment, which features clinically proven ingredients that work immediately on the skin to minimize signs of aging and help smooth out fine lines. The treatment is capped with a deep cleansing, hydrating treatment that is accompanied by a deep massage and mask application to reduce signs of fatigue, stress and aging.

The massages applied at the resort spa are based on an ancient Chinese cupping method, which is very restorative. Deep meditation sessions are also available, taking place on the clean, private beach overlooking the waters of the Indian Ocean. The sessions include quiet moments by the oceanside that, quite literally, takes you away while light bounces off the flat ocean surface, and the cool ocean breeze caresses the body to absolute relaxation.

Attentive service, absolute privacy

Thalaspa Henri Chenot at Lion in the Sun Retreat is regarded as one of the most modern and professional treatment and well-being centers in Africa. According to Vivaldi, it is renowned for its exclusive treatments in the setting of a welcoming ambiance that guarantees attentive service and absolute privacy to those who wish to be looked after by an exceptional team of therapists.